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How to save your
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What you do during a heart attack can mean the difference
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· Immediately take a deep breath and cough twice,
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· Wait a couple of seconds, take another deep breath,
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· Call 911
This is a simple form of self CPR.
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28 at 6:30PM: Fiesta de Aniversario of the Hispanic Business
Association of Baltimore and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
is even a serious possibility that some cases of Alzheimer's
may be mis-diagnosed cases of Creutzfeld-Jakob disease-and the
discouraging and dramatic rise in Alzheimer's cases in recent
years might be a symptom of the already widespread effects of
Mad Cow in humans. Keep reading
|During the 2004
Maryland General Assembly session, legislation will be introduced
that would severely curtail the rights of undocumented workers
and jeopardize those who assist them. Keep
Reality or fiction? Keep
|Teatro de la Luna.
VII FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL
DE TEATRO HISPANO
"HACIA UN TEATRO POPULAR" Siga
La dama duende (The Phantom Lady) January 29 - March 7, 2004
|Are you or someone you know
afflicted by a stroke? See here
¿Ha tenido Ud. o alguien que Ud. conoce
una embolia? Lea aquí
|Invest in Spain
Today Spain is the sixth largest manufacturer in the
world and the third in Europe, ahead of the UK and Italy, and
just behind Germany and France. Keep
Gil-Ordóñez conducts the Brooklyn Philharmonic
on Saturday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on "Celebrating
Carmen Pratt wins Latina Leadership Award Keep
Hispanic Republican leader says
he doubts black lawmakers legally can broker a deal to secure ownership
of two proposed slot-machine emporiums, but adds that Hispanics
also might be interested in casino ownership. Keep
rejects bills on illegal immigrants
Hispanic Affairs Advisory Council 1st Annual Fund Raiser
March 13, 2004 BWI Sheraton International Hotel Keep
3rd. Week of Teatro de la Luna's Int'l Festival of Hispanic
Theater Keep reading
The Third Annual Maryland Hispanic Business Legislative
Reception celebrated in Annapolis.
Cuban exiles demand clarification
A civil employee of the State Department Christopher
Sibilla, in Madrid Spain, during a teaching conference on lessons
of the Spanish transition from dictatorship to democracy for Latin
America, made declarations to the agency EFE about the "secondary
role" that the exile must have in future political change of
the island. Keep reading
M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.),
Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee, today called
the administration's budget request of just $678.4 million for the
Small Business Administration (SBA) "a travesty for America's
small businesses," and vowed to fight in Congress to restore
the agency's funding. Keep reading
UNION CULTURAL DOMINICANA INVITA Siga
Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce gets a new board
ADVERTISING: A Welcome Bull's-Eye -- in Two
Languages Volkswagen's doing it, so
is Coca-Cola, and, as the population of U.S.-
born Hispanics continues to rise, other advertisers will, too
-- use bilingual ads in both Hispanic and general markets
|Hispanics are seen
as "cool and aspirational" Dolores
begin a new Business Watch program
The Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has started a
Business Watch program in Old Town Gaithersburg in order to neutralize
an emerging problem of juvenile gangs, robberies, and public drinking.
The Maryland Democratic Primary is Tuesday,
March 2nd. If you will be unable to vote that day, you
should request an absentee ballot from your county's Board of Elections.
There are deadlines involved for voting by absentee ballot, so call
today. Keep reading
obesidad infantil y la comunidad hispana
La obesidad infantil es un problema complejo cuyas soluciones
no son fáciles. Esta tendencia está aumentando a una
velocidad alarmante: de acuerdo con la Asociación Estadounidense
contra la Obesidad, 15.3 por ciento de los niños de todo
el país se consideran obeso.Siga
Childhood Obesity and the Hispanic Community
Childhood obesity is a complex problem with no easy solutions. This
trend is increasing at an alarming rate with 15.3 percent of children
nationally considered obese according to the American Obesity Association.
Keep reading Delegate Ramirez's
letters to the editor.
Please email us your comments
Coloquio acepta cartas al editor. Mándenos
I enjoy keeping up with what's happening in Maryland. I thought
you might be interested in linking to my article on grassroots advocacy
printed in English and Spanish in The Latino Messenger (pdf file
attached) and available online at www.cg2consulting.com,
Although it is
written for Virginia, the ten tips on how to be an effective advocate
Latinos are equally applicable in Maryland. Also, as the Richmond
lobbyist for the Virginia Coalition for Latino Organizations, I
routinely write updates on legislation pending in Virginia. If you'd
like to be on the distribution list, let me know.
Claire Guthrie Gastañaga
501 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
E: cgg@c... <mailto:cgg@c...>
W: www.cg2consulting.com <http://www.cg2consulting.com>
2003 SBA Virginia Women in Business Advocate of the Year
The hearings on almost all of the anti-immigrant bills have been
set for February 18 at 1:00. The bills that have been assigned to
the Judiciary Committee, HB 4, HB 40, HB 41, HB 79, and HB 89, as
well as the positive HB 579 (introduced by Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pullium
and outlawing local police enforcement of immigration law) will
be heard in the Joint Hearing Room. HB 7, outlawing the use of consular
ids, will be heard in the Health & Government Operations room.
Preliminarily, we had decided to have a press conference on February
17 to denounce these bills. I now think it makes the most sense
to hold that press conference on February 18 instead. I am working
on getting a room for that. That means you should plan on being
in Annapolis from at least 11:30 on.
Secondly, we are going to start working on putting together panels
for the hearings. These panels are being coordinated by Kevin Moreno,
Ruben Chandrasekar, Dario Muralles, and myself. We’ll be getting
in touch with you quickly to make sure you get signed up. Briefly,
we’ve already discussed having various panels highlighting
faith-based opposition, labor-side concerns, business-side opposition,
policing concerns, government concerns, and, of course, community
concerns. These hearings tend to be wild and wooly, but we’ll
try to keep it under control as much as possible. Also, we are trying
to make sure that the committees are coordinating so that attending
one won’t make you miss the other committee room.
Thirdly, the fact that these are being held in the Joint Hearing
Room means we have to work on getting people to attend. The Joint
Hearing Room holds over 200 people. The hearing will be carried
live on Maryland Public Television. We want to make sure they see
the folks that are directly impacted and interested in this bill
I have attached the latest greatest description of the legislation.
If you have not already done so, make sure that your organization
has signed the attached endorsement form and get it in. Also, we
have put together a ton of materials that you can review at www.latinosinmaryland.org
and clicking on the Friends of New Marylanders link.
Kimberley Propeack, Esq.
Advocacy Director, CASA of Maryland, Inc.
734 E. University Blvd.,
Silver Spring, MD 20903
301-431-4185, ext. 216 tel.
At a time when President Bush and leaders of the state Republican
Party are making aggressive efforts to reach out to immigrant populations,
two GOP delegates are steering a different course. Baltimore County's
Richard K. Impallaria and Patrick L. McDonough are drawing criticism
for a legislative package they've introduced seeking to crack down
on illegal immigrants in Maryland...,
An article appeared in the Baltimore Sun this weekend concerning
two local politicians that are seeking to push the Republican Party
and the State into an immigration abyss. Both misguided souls appear
to represent my chosen political party and home territory, Hydes
in Baltimore County, so the lines have been drawn in the sand on
the upcoming battle -- for me and you.
I promised you at the first Commission meeting that I would fight
for the Community and use "la malicia indigena" to support
"nuestro pueblo." I do not support those that pick on
the weak, the underrepresented, and the most talented and ambitious
community in the State. We will stand strong for those that don't
have a strong voice, but a pure, strong, yet humble heart.
Over the coming weeks, we shall pick apart their rudimentary arguments;
we shall strike them at their core - their voting constituencies;
and, we shall win back the hearts and souls of Maryland citizens.
The President is in our corner, and is currently guiding us on what
it means to be a compassionate American -- by supporting and helping
those Hispanic immigrants that are trying to help their families
and their country of choice.
La revolucion ha principiado!!
Mauricio E. Barreiro
We need to be clear on our position with this issue, (see
Immigration) we need to unite against this type of
legislation. As a Latino/Hispanic American, I call on all our brothers
and sisters from all walks of life to fight this type of hateful
rhetorical legislation. These two newbee's, are looking to get press,
so lets oblige them by letting them know that the path they have
embarked on, is a very slippery, and perilous one of no political
value to them. I like their selective memory the most, although
I remember the sad death of the Baltimore County Sergeant, and let
me say for the record that our hearts go out to his family, I also
remember the sad death of a young Hispanic immigrant worker last
August in Baltimore County. I remember reading about a young Latino/Hispanic
man that was shot while responding to his friends, whom were being
attacked by perpetrators, by the very same Baltimore County Police
officers that were called for help. The Baltimore County Police
officers automatically assumed they/the Hispanics were the perpetrators.
Worse, by the time they had realized their mistake it was too late.
Sadly, and correct me if I am wrong, I don't remember an apology
or any type of statement coming from the Baltimore County Police
Department, except that it was an unfortunate incident, and they
had followed procedure. You see, I can go on and on with other atrocities
that were committed against our Community in the name of the law,
but maybe we need to ask ourselves, "Hasta Cuando", "when
are we going to wake up"? Maybe it's time for a gut check?
I love and served my country honorably as a US Navy Corpsman, I
learned to prepare for war and am aware we are fighting a war on
terror. Throughout the history of these United States, Latinos/Hispanics
have willingly given their oath of loyalty, and have laid down their
lives valiantly for America, in just about every War America has
fought. From stopping the southern advance of the English General
Cornwallace during the Revolution, (Hispanics, French, Indians and
African Americans described as a group of Creoles) to the Civil
War, Admiral Faraguts mother was of Cuban ancestry, 1st, and 2nd
World War, (the 65th Infantry, from Puerto Rico, was sited by the
US Army for their gallantry, and heroism during the 2nd World War),
the Korean War, Vietnam, Lebanon, Mogadishu, Desert Storm, Afghanistan,
and currently Iraq, lest we forget that the first casualty of the
current war in Iraq was a Latino/Hispanic immigrant young man, who
was not yet an American Citizen. Del. McDonough, and Impallaria
need to stop employing fear as their motive. I suggest that our
respective community leaders do what all Americans have done in
the past when confronted with this type of fear based politic legislation,
and that is fight it in the halls of Justice in Annapolis, and Washington,
DC, we have the numbers now to do this. At the end they must understand
that neither we, or our respective communities are the enemy and
to imply that we are, or misconstrue the truth is truly UN American.
Con La Union Hay La Fuerza!
The Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has started a
Business Watch program in Old Town Gaithersburg in order to neutralize
an emerging problem of juvenile gangs, robberies, and public drinking.
The Business Watch organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday,
February 10 at 7:00 PM in the City of Gaithersburg Town Hall.
We thought that as a chamber we should take the initiative in dealing
with this problem especially since the business community at large
had not been able to get organized. Business Watch is a partnership
between merchants and the local police department similar to Neighborhood
Watch. In 1996 there were no Hispanic-owned businesses in Old Town
Gaithersburg. Today, there are 43 out of total of 300 businesses
all keenly interested about the economic future of Gaithersburg.
This is the first time in the Greater Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan
area that a Hispanic Chamber has taken the initiative to deal with
a problem affecting the entire business community. It is important
that this effort be recognized and emulated.
Very best regards,
Jorge Ribas, President
Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
21105 Golf Estates Drive
Laytonsville, MD 20882-1942
Coral Cantigas es un coro de magnífica calidad que está
tomando vuelo en
Montgomery County. Su directora artística es Diana Sáenz.
Apúntalo en la lista de upcoming latino stars.
Hispanic Alliance of Montgomery County
I get your weekly emails and wanted to introduce myself. I am the
executive director of the Live Baltimore Home Center, a non-profit
that markets Baltimore City living. We have been in operation since
1997, you can read more at www.LiveBaltimore.com
We are working on developing a city living marketing campaign
targeted to the Hispanic community in the coming year and I wanted
to talk to you about a few things. We have already raised funding
for this and are waiting to hear on one more proposal next month.
We would like to conduct a couple of focus groups to get feedback
on living and doing business in the city so that we can begin a
strong dialogue as we develop this campaign. We will also be in
search of a new staff person to head up this effort, with strong
marketing abilities and that is fluent in Spanish. I was hoping
that you could partner with us on some of these efforts and in helping
to get the word out so that we have active participation. Please
let me know what is the best way to contact you or you can call
me on my cell phone at 443-829-9674. Look forward to talking with
you soon. Thank you,
Live Baltimore Home Center
410-637-3750 (f) 410-637-3751
Estimado Señor Bustamante:
Mi nombre es Federico Villagra y soy parte de un grupo de doctores
e investigadores en University of Maryland School of Medicine. Llevamos
a cabo estudios de investigación en rehabilitación
para pacientes que han sufrido una hemorragia/isquemia cerebral
(stroke). Estamos interesados en que la
población hispana y en particular pacientes hispánicos
afectados por tales
condiciones médicas se puedan beneficiar de nuestro trabajo.
reclutar para nuestros estudios un mayor número de pacientes
hispánicos. Le agradecería que me hiciera saber cual
es la mejor forma de propagar esta
información a la población hispana de Maryland. Yo
estaría encantado de hablar con usted. Mi teléfono
o dirección electrónica figuran abajo. Le saludo atentamente,
Federico Villagra, PhD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Phone: 410-706 5208
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TYPE OF THINGS"
"THIS TYPES OF THING"
OR "THESE TYPE OF THINGS"?
by Emilio Bernal Labrada
If you're wondering which of these is correct the answer is...
none of the above!
Don't worry, you have to be a very good judge of language to get
that one right. The fact is that all three of the above phrases
are ungrammatical or illogical. While the fourth, which I have left
out of the title (cluttered enough, as it is), is the most popular
"solution" to the puzzle: "these types of things."
Yes, an easy way out of a seemingly perplexing case of verbal
gymnastics, I grant you. But, while technically correct, it is also
an unnecessary pluralization of all elements, since the singular
would be clearer and more precise. An even worse-sounding mistake,
in my book, is the singularly (plurally?) offensive "those
type of things."
Another noun abused and misused to achieve the same dastardly
end is, of course, "kind," as in "these kind(s) of
things." But we needn't be that unkind, since for our purposes
"type" will do very nicely, thank you.
But, of all things, why would you want to pluralize "type"
if the word is already, by definition, inclusive of many things
of the same nature? Well, if you must know, it's because the unneeded
pluralization is dragged in by the subject, whether it be "things,"
"items" or "widgets". Since the plural "things"
normally requires a plural demonstrative adjective (i.e., "these,"
if you've forgotten your high school grammar) the speaker feels
uneasy about using "thing" in the singular. Failing, of
course, to take "type" into the equation. Further, having
pluralized those two words ("these" and "things"),
the speaker (writer?) seems to feel absolutely bound to do the same
But wait. Stop and think for a moment. If the subject is crime,
for example, and you're talking about a kind, type or category,
why would you need to pluralize by saying "these types of crimes"?
Much better to use the singular throughout and say "this type
of crime" --or, if you must put the plural in there somewhere,
you might say: "this type of crimes."
Aha, you say, gotcha! Clearly ungrammatical! But wait, not so
fast. At first glance, I'll readily admit, it sounds odd. But, believe
it or not, it's correct! The explanation is simple, arrived at by
turning the phrase around like this: "crimes of this type."
So you see, it's a perfectly logical way to express the concept
if you feel a plural is necessary. However, few of us are stout-hearted
enough to deal with the inevitable barrage of corrections from anyone
within earshot of this strange-sounding construction (that's why
it's unpopular, because it's unused and thus unusual). So maybe
we should play it safe and stick with the more normal-sounding "crimes
of this type."
Conclusion: if you've ever felt uneasy about "this(ese) type(s)
of thing(s)" or "this(ese) kind(s) of mistake(s)",
now you know why.
IS BEGGING FOR RETIREMENT by Emilio Beltran
DeWitt is an historian and self-described political
populist. Larry is a specialist in 20th century U.S. history
and public policy. Born in the Southwestern U.S., he has lived
in the East for the last 18 years. His commentaries on politics
and society still retain the populist spirit of the rural
West. See Larry’s
past columns here
Madness Continues: An Update on Mad Cow Disease and the Pushers
Who Peddle It
by Larry DeWitt
Since we last considered the circus
surrounding Mad Cow disease (see "It's
Not the Cows Who Are Mad," January 2, 2004) there have
been, shall we say, developments. We might be tempted to call some
of it progress, but the record is too mixed for such a simple verdict.
You recall that in my January 2nd
column I argued that is was a virtual certainty there are more infected
cows already in the American food supply, and that there are only
two rational ways to deal with this ongoing threat: either inspect
100% of the cattle going to slaughter, or ban entirely the practice
of feeding animals parts to cattle to fatten them up. Keep
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is winner of the Newsletter on Newsletter’s Gold Award
for superior electronic newsletter editing and is a two-time
finalist in the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project founded
by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment.
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to discuss reading, writing and Russia.
in the Sun VII: St. Petersburg in Scaffolding
By Eric D. Goodman
St. Petersburg Preparing
for the Big 3-0-0
St. Petersburg, Russia, is easily
one of the most spectacular cities in the world. I’ve held
to this since my first visit to the former capitol in 1994. A debt
is owed to Tsar Peter the Great for conceiving this paradise over
the swamplands. Perhaps now more than ever before, as the city celebrates
its 300th anniversary.Keep reading
vez que pienso que ya conozco la mentalidad yanqui algo pasa que
me hace pensar que no. Como es posible que un gran partido de football
americano, como fue en el Superbowl, entre los Patriotas de Nueva
Inglaterra y las Panteras de Carolina del Norte sea eclipsado por
el pecho derecho de Janett Jackson. Las dos décimas de segundo
en las que se expuso esa glándula mamaria dieron ya más
de una semana de discusión y por el momento no veo que se
termine el asunto...... Increíble. Siga
“LA DAMA DUENDE”
De: Pedro Calderón de la Barca
!GALA TIENE DUENDE! Duende, se dice en España cuando un espectáculo
deslumbra por su alma y fuerza escénica. Nuevamente el “Gala
Hispanic Theater” nos deleita con una magistral puesta en
escena; “La Dama Duende” de Pedro Calderón de
la Barca, una joya cómica del Siglo de Oro español.
En esta historia de amor e intriga, Doña Angela, la protagonista,
busca inmiscuirse en la vida del capitán don Manuel quien
está de visita en la casa que comparten ella y sus celosos
hermanos. Siga leyendo
Mi Aventura con Cristóbal
Miré al reloj de a bordo y luego al altímetro;
son las 11:40 de la mañana y el avión está
volando a 11,000 pies de altura. Presto atención al sistema
de navegación que me dice que Bimini, la primera isla que
se encuentra entre La Florida y las Bahamas deberá de pasar
bajo las alas del avión en aproximadamente ocho minutos.
Estoy empezando mis esperadas vacaciones. Yo no
espero encontrar barcos llenos de turistas y tiendas para comprar
recuerdos. Estoy dirigiéndome a la parte de las islas Bahamas
que solamente los que tienen acceso a aviones o yates pueden visitar.